Hello Friends and Welcome Shalom Sistas’!
How are you?? Has 2017 treated you kindly so far? If this is your first time here I am SO excited to have you visiting, and if you are an old pal, it is so good to be together again!
I know that I have been scarce around these parts lately – the holidays, my speaking schedule, and final book edits (hurrah!) have been tugging on my apron strings, – but beginning in February I hope to revive this little corner, and get back to a more regular posting schedule.
But today I am popping in to give you some exciting news!
Y’all, I am so excited. Co-hosting a podcast has been on my bucket list for a couple of years now, and I am beyond honored that Osheta has invited me in to contribute to her beautiful vision of Shalom.
A vision that “believes peacemaking is the primary way to see changes in our families, neighborhoods, cities, and world. Shalom is the Hebrew word for peace with a richer fuller picture of the world at her best: flourishing, unified, and vibrantly whole. A Peacemaker, or Shalom Sista, lives everyday to see this picture realized in her context.”
On our episodes Osheta and I will be chatting about what it looks like to live out Shalom in our homes and our communities, thinking about what it means to be wholehearted families, friends, and neighbors.
But, the great news doesn’t stop there – I am not the only co-host on the block! The wise and lovely Abby Perry is going to be talking about Shalom through reconciliation practices, and Cara Meredith – a Shalom in the City veteran, will continue her work as the Shalom Book Club guru. Also Osheta will be welcoming special guest into the mix and occasionally there will also be group shows. And of course Osheta, our fearless leader and woman-of-vision, will continue to push, prod and encourage us in our practices.
Beginning in March the podcast is going to a new themed-season format , which is going to help the team be extremely intentional about in our conversations. Our first theme, Hopeful Resistance, will begin by exploring what Hope looks like through the lens of Shalom, and then we will begin processing together what it means to be hopefully resistant in the face of division, defensiveness, and despair – obstacles that I know I have faced in the wake of 2016, ones I think you may have faced as well. But have faith friends, together we are always better, which is why I am so excited and honored to be a part of the Shalom community.
If you are not already familiar with Shalom in the City, please hop on over to the Shalom Sistas’ Facebook hangout page (where we are talking about Shalom daily, and where you can find all updates about the show) or to the podcast page and join in the sistahood of peace making and wholeness seeking. You will be so glad you did.
I tell you,
this is how the stars
get in your bones.
This is how the brightness
makes a home in you,
as you open to the hope that burnishes
every fractured thing it finds
and sets it shimmering,
a generous light that will not cease,
no matter how deep the darkness grows,
no matter how long the night becomes.